The pressure is on Milan to beat counterparts Atalanta on the final day of the Serie A campaign, or risk falling out of the much-coveted Champions League places. The Rossoneri are a point ahead of Juventus but arguably face a stiffer challenge than the deposed champions who meet a Bologna squad comfortable in midtable.
Where and when: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, Bergamo – 23 May, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Atalanta vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: La Dea beat Milan 3-0 in January, courtesy of Cristian Romero, Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata.
Atalanta v Milan Predictions and Preview
Serie A great entertainers Atalanta have enjoyed another wonderful campaign. La Dea have outscored every side in the division and will be competing in Europe’s premier competition next year. Gian Piero Gasperini has an embarrassment of riches in midfield and attack and there is growing talk Udinese idol Rodrigo De Paul is the top summer target.
The ex-Inter boss has tweaked his tried and tested 3-4-1-2 formation in recent weeks to a two off one striker and Zapata is expected to get the nod despite Luis Muriel’s exploits. The big Colombian is 5/1 to break the deadlock and, alongside the majority of his team-mates, has developed immensely as a player under Gasperini.
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|Atalanta to win 2-1||17/2||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Robin Gosens to score anytime||7/2||Offer|
Ruslan Malinovskiy and Mario Pasalic will get the nod in the free roles and the Ukrainian has shone over the last eight weeks. The Zhytomyr native has contributed eight goals and five assists from his last nine appearances and has taken on the creative mantle since Papu Gomez left for Sevilla. Malinovskiy is 5/2 to register anytime and Pasalic can be found at 13/5. Atalanta are 31/20 to scupper Milan’s European dreams and a stalemate is 14/5.
The Rossoneri will have to achieve their objective without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The well-travelled Swede has been ruled out of Euro 2020 with a knee injury and Stefano Pioli is likely to go with Ante Rebic in his absence.
The Croatian is 11/2 to open proceedings and his confidence is high after hitting his first treble for Milan away at Torino. Hakan Calhanoglu has still not put pen to paper on a new deal but remains committed to the cause. The playmaker is 12/5 to net anytime, while Brahim Diaz and Theo Hernandez are 16/5 and 4/1, respectively. The Rossoneri are 29/20 to get the win they so desperately require.
One to watch for Atalanta: Ilicic has been linked to the Rossoneri and is reportedly open to a summer move. In the meantime, the mercurial attacker is 9/4 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Milan: Mario Mandzukic will be thrown on after the break and was the man for the big occasion during his time with Juventus. The burly forward is 15/2 to notch last.
Long shot: Milan are probably ahead of schedule in their development, but there will still be a feeling of disappointment if Juventus overtake them in the standings. The Rossoneri looked visibly nervous in the clash with Cagliari and it may go down to the wire. A 1-0 away triumph is 15/1.